The Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction celebrates the best fiction written by women, read by everyone. The shortlist of books for the 2016 Prize is as follows, and you can find out more about all the featured books here:
So, to go with those books we must need some delicious cocktails, and I’m here to show you that Baileys is a great cocktail ingredient all year round.
First up is the Baileys Prize signature drink, the Flat White Martini. Of course, I don’t like to follow the crowds too much, so mine is a slight adaptation…
Flat White Martini
- 25ml Cariel Vanilla Vodka
- 25ml Coffee Liqueur
- 50ml Baileys Irish Cream Liqueur
Add all ingredients to a shaker with plenty of ice. Shake until it frosts, then strain into a martini glass or champagne saucer.
Now, you can use any coffee liqueur, I would usually use Kahlua, but I recently made my own and found this worked really well in the Flat White. You can learn how to make your own in my previous post.
Baileys Iced Latte
This is such a refreshing treat perfect to enjoy while reading in the sun! Careful – very easy to drink…
- 25ml Baileys Irish Cream Liqueur
- 50ml fresh espresso (chilled and sweetened if desired)
- 100ml milk
Half fill a latte glass with ice, add milk, then pour Baileys and espresso over the top. Stir. Enjoy.
Looking for something a little more indulgent? Try a flavoured Baileys…
- 50ml Baileys Orange Truffle Liqueur
- 25ml Cariel Vanilla Vodka
- 25ml Triple Sec
Shake all ingredients with hard ice until shaker frosts. Strain into a small martini glass, garnish with a mini Terry’s Chocolate Orange segment and a twist of orange peel.
This delicious sipper martini has such a range of flavours, with the creamy Baileys, sharp orange and warm vanilla combining to make a lovely rounded experience. If you feel the need to lengthen with a touch of cream, then go ahead!
Sometimes only a cheeky little shooter will do the trick:
- Kahlua Coffee Liqueur
- Baileys Irish Cream
Now I haven’t put amounts on this one as it will depend on the size of your shot glasses. Basically, you will need about 3 parts Kahlua to 1 part Baileys. This pretty shooter will require a steady hand and, ideally, a cocktail spoon. Add the Kahlua to the glasses, and then hold the flat disc end of the cocktail spoon in the glass, just hovering on the surface of the Kahlua. Very slowly start to pour the Baileys along the spoon’s corkscrew handle, so it slowly makes its way to the base. Here, the difference in density of the two liquids will mean that the Baileys will float perfectly on top of the Kahlua, making a drink that looks like a tiny pint of Guinness (hence the name). If you don’t have a cocktail spoon, you can use the back of a regular teaspoon, but it will be harder to get a clean layer.
Practice makes perfect on these little fellas, but to be honest, even if the layer isn’t perfect it will still taste pretty good – and that’s what’s really important!
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Remember to enjoy the books and the booze responsibly! x